BURBANK, Washington – Expansion and development of the Port of Walla Walla properties in the westernmost part of Walla Walla County is expected to kick into high gear in 2019.
According to Port of Walla Walla Director Pat Reay, Tyson Foods will be expanding its facility and work will begin on the Northwest Equipment Sales new Volvo Mack dealership.
Located on the 100 block of Gateway Road, Northwest Equipment Sales purchased 10 acres from the Port of Walla Walla in 2017. This is the company’s second dealership in the Columbia Basin with another dealership located in Hermiston. Depending on the weather, Reay expects work to prepare the Burbank site will begin this month and said he’s excited Northwest Equipment Sales picked the Burbank location, as it will support the large industrial users in both the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla areas.
Reay added that the port has received several other leads for development in that specific area.
“We’ve had a strong 2018,” he said. “The economy is strong. We’ve had a lot of leads. I think with the development of our Wallula Gap water system you’re going to see some development in our Wallula Gap Industrial Park. All signs for 2019 are there is going to be high demand and we’re going to be responsible.”
Reay said the Port of Walla Walla has also received other leads for development in the 112-acre Burbank Business Park.